COVID-19

Comcast doubles Speeds for low-income Internet Essentials program in wake of criticism

After criticisms from legislators and students currently attending school remotely, Comcast has announced that it is doubling download speeds for its Internet Essentials low-income broadband program

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U.S. Power Crisis Leaves Millions Cold, Dark as Blackouts Expand

This article discusses the power crises occurring in the United States due to the overlapping slow disasters of climate change and COVID-19, revealing inadequacies in energy infrastructure (e.g. electrical grids, power plants) which are overwhelmed by energy demands in areas experiencing extreme...Read more

PHLRentAssist Phase 4 Frequently Asked Questions

This artifact contains frequently asked questions for Phase 4 of Philadelphia's rental assistance program. Read more

Monthly U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions in April were the lowest in decades

This Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows that monthly U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions were the lowest that they've been since 1973 in April 2020 due to travel restrictions and other measures implemented to reduce the spread of COVID19. From March to April 2020, CO2...Read more

Poor internet service a deterrent to rural living, survey finds


Internet access in rural Pennsylvania is critically lacking, as I have shown in past artifacts posted here. The rural urban divide in internet access and speeds in Pennsylvania may be the most extreme in the country, with some parts of Pennsylvania not being able to even stream videos.,
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Making sense of the eviction crisis

This article details the ever-pressing housing crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. That being said, even while specific and targeted assistance was set aside for homeless and transient homeless people, it was limited to only half a million counted homeless people, when in reality...Read more

PECO Extending Customer Support to Ensure All Residents Have Safe and Reliable Service During this Critical Time

On March 23rd, 2020, PECO released this press release. In it, they acknowledged that Governor Tom Wolf's order for all non-essential businesses to close will result in more people staying home. They stated that they will be working "with customers who have had their service disconnected to...Read more

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